Bonhams : 1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166

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Lot 571
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100
Registration no. LPG 805 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166

Sold for £ 9,430 (US$ 11,823) inc. premium
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100
Registration no. LPG 805
Frame no. TF 13783
Engine no. 47 T100 87166
Although Edward Turner's Triumph Speed Twin caused a sensation when it appeared at the 1937 Motorcycle Show, few of its admirers can have guessed how influential the design would prove to be. Performance proved exemplary for a road-going 500, around 85mph being attainable by the Speed Twin while the sporting Tiger 100, launched in 1938, was even faster. Performance was boosted by the use of high-compression forged pistons and polished ports and internals, the result being a machine that could touch 100mph in road trim and exceed it with the silencer end-caps removed. When production resumed in 1946, the T100 reappeared with telescopic forks in place of the original girders, and separate dynamo and magneto instead of the pre-war version's magdyno.

This matching-numbers Tiger 100 was despatched to G W Wilkins Ltd of Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey in July 1947 and first owned by one Eric Rowlands of nearby Norbiton (see old-style logbook and correspondence on file). 'LPG 805' has belonged to the current vendor since September 2017 and was last run in January 2019. Known refurbishment includes re-chroming the fuel tank and handlebars (2009); overhauling the magneto (2014); and replacing the big-end bearings and flywheel bolts (2016). Described by the private vendor as in very good condition, the machine is offered with a dating certificate; a quantity of expired tax discs; and a V5C document.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The letters on file show that first owner Eric Rowlands waited 15 months for the Speed Twin he had ordered and eventually was sold a Tiger 100 as a Speed Twin was still unavailable. He had an accident after receiving the machine and had to wait for the parts. There is an original letter and reply from the service department in the history folder, which also contains an original sales catalogue, original Triumph warranty, correspondence, tax discs, logbooks, insurance documents, MoTs, and sundery receipts for parts and services.
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1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166
1947 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF 13783 Engine no. 47 T100 87166
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